Tuesday, January 13, 2015

CD Review: New Independent Jazz Releases - Part 1

From the U.K. comes the British jazz duo of Paul Wigens (drums, percussion) and Pete Judge (trumpet, electronics) better known as Eyebrow. Since forming over five years ago, the duo have created some unique avant garde jazz soundscapes that draw you in with their simple arrangements. They recently released their new album "Garden City" back in November 2014, which begins with the slow ascent up "Blind Summit." They get their groove going with the rhythm of "The Golden Road," before slowing things down for the thirteen-minute "Thaw" as Judge's horn melts your troubles away. The album finishes with the duo experimenting with their sound on the nine-minute closer "Pinch Point." To find out more about Eyebrow and their latest release "Garden City," please visit eyebrowmusic.com.

Brazilian cellist/vocalist Dom Le Nena returns in 2015 with the follow-up to her widely acclaimed debut album. Her new release entitled "SOYO" will be released on March 3rd through Six Degrees Records and was co-produced by Dom and Brazilian composer/singer/guitarist Marcelo Camelo. The new eleven song release begins with the gentle, earthy flow of "La Nena Soy Yo" as her soothing vocals begin to take hold of your heart in "Vivo Na Mare." While you may or may not understand the language, Dom Le Nena uses the music to communicate the song's theme. Her vocals grow softer on the delicate delivery of "Juste Une Chanson," before giving a haunting performance of "Golondrina" as her music gives an acoustic Americana feel. Her vocals in "Llegare" are so warm and inviting, as you can easily get lost in her lyrics and music. Dom Le Nena is following the release of her new album with a month-long tour of Canada and the U.S. To find out more about Dom Le Nena and her latest release "SOYO," please visit her Facebook page at facebook.com/DomLaNena.

From Brooklyn, NY comes the latest release from multi-instrumentalist Peter Apfelbaum's new band Sparkler. The new three song EP "I Colored It In For You." features Natalie Cressman on vocals and trombone, along with Jill Ryan on vocals and alto sax along with Apfelbaum on sax, keyboards and percussion. The rest of the band fills in the groove on the opening hip-hop/jazz feel of "I Colored It In For You, Part 1." The second part of "I Colored It In For You" has a more Sade-type vibe, before the new release closes with a seven-minute remix of the song by Bill Laswell. To find out more about Peter Apfelbaum's new jazz group, Sparkler, please visit peterapfelbaum.com.

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